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Making V&A Dundee: In ink and charcoal

We're celebrating everyone involved in making V&A Dundee a living, breathing museum. We spotted Ann Cowan's beautiful picture of the museum on Twitter and asked the artist to reflect on her work.

I live and work as an artist in Edinburgh and recently had the opportunity to visit Dundee. Driving across the Tay Road Bridge, I was full of anticipation for my first glimpse of the eye-catching structure of V&A Dundee.

The design is inspired by the cliffs on Scotland’s north east coast and the setting by the Tay River is quite spectacular.

A grey and black ink and charcoal illustration and painting of V&A Dundee sitting on the Tay. It's soft and fluid, with light and shade depicting the striated panelling of the museum's architecture.
Ann's beautiful ink and charcoal interpretation of the museum.

I wanted to respond to the building in a painting. I decided to use ink and charcoal to capture the striking form and bold contrasts of light and shadow.

The museum is such an exciting and inspiring place, I definitely hope to visit again soon.

Ann Cowan is an Edinburgh based artist focusing on urban and rural landscapes.

Black strip with purple abstract shapes across it.

To celebrate our nomination for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, we want to thank everyone involved in making V&A Dundee possible. From the initial idea, to the first visitor, to how we're working to make the museum the very best it can be.